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e Second brigade, who was then in the advance, to make all haste in driving them from the opposite side of the creek, and push on at once. The engagement lasted one hour, when the enemy being driven from their rifle-pits by the effective fire of Belger's Rhode Island battery, retired to Rawls's Mills, one mile further on, where they made another stand in a recently constructed field-work. Belger's battery and two batteries of the Third New-York artillery, were immediately ordered into positionBelger's battery and two batteries of the Third New-York artillery, were immediately ordered into position, and after a spirited engagement of half an hour, succeeded in driving the enemy from their works, and across a bridge, which they burned. That night, while the pioneers built the burnt bridge, the forces bivouacked on the field, and proceeded next morning to Williamson, where we arrived about noon. We started from there after a short rest, in pursuit of the enemy, bivouacking about five miles from that place. On the following day we reached and occupied the fortifications at Rainbow Banks,
ut----infantry; batteries Third New-York artillery; Belger's battery, First Rhode Island; section of Twenty-fo.) I then ordered Colonel Stevenson's brigade, with Belger's Rhode Island battery, forward. The Twenty-fourthed by a masked battery, in the woods, on our left. Belger's Rhode Island battery, which had been brought backds to the right. This latter force was repulsed by Belger's and Riggs's batteries, Belger opening with a direBelger opening with a direct and cross-fire. After two hours hard fighting, the rebel fire was silenced. The Federal force camped fothe regiment reached the bridge. About this time Belger's Rhode Island battery came up and took position onforming in line of battle across the railroad. Captain Belger, on learning this, immediately jumped upon the g directly above our heads. At the third fire from Belger's battery, the shell exploded the engine, and a colcted well, and stood by their men like bricks. Captain Belger, of the Rhode Island battery, is a splendid fel
Doc. 137.-the attack on Newbern, N. C. Providence Journal account. Newbern, N. C., March 19. Friday afternoon, March thirteenth, just before dark, news came into camp that Belger's battery, the Fifth and Twenty-fifth Massachusetts, and some cavalry, had gone out on the Trent road, which lies along the Trent River, and leads to Kinston. Rebel scouts were seen in various directions. Saturday, 14th.--At dawn a strong force under Gen. Petigru placed sixteen guns in position near a to the left to Red House road toward Kinston, some four or five miles to Deep Gully, a small, deep creek in a deep cut. The ashes were warm at the camp-fire, and the trees were splintered from the firing of the previously day. We learned that Belger's battery was planted in the face of the enemy and under fire, supported by two regiments of infantry, and just as affairs were beginning to he lively, an order came to retire on Newbern. Deep Gully bridge was torn up and a large pine tree lay i
dge, and within three hundred yards of the rebel works. The column of infantry was also moved down into the woods, while Belger's battery was held in readiness to join in the action. It was soon found that the thirty-twos had not sufficient ammunition to last them through a long action, and two guns of Captain Belger's were ordered down to relieve them. Captain Belger had just arrived upon the ground with his pieces, when a spherical case-shot landed in the midst of his men, wounding the CaptCaptain Belger had just arrived upon the ground with his pieces, when a spherical case-shot landed in the midst of his men, wounding the Captain and killing his horse instantly. The battery then took up the fight, and for an hour the cannonading on both sides was terrific. But we labored under great disadvantage, as the thick woods upon both sides prevented our gunners from seeing the ed lumber-piles, and when we left, they were in a fine blaze. The following is a list of casualties on our side: Captain Belger, First Rhode Island artillery, wounded in thigh and horse killed. Lieutenant S. G. Roberts, Co. G, Seventeenth Mas
have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by two regiments of my brigade, during the recent expedition to Washington, N. C.: Friday, (seventeenth instant,) having received orders to cross the Neuse River with my command and take the advance, I proceeded on the road toward Washington as far as Purify's plantation, distant from Newbern seven miles, the road for a greater part of the distance being of the most horrid character. The column not having closed up, I placed Belger's battery, commanded by Lieutenant Simpson, in position, and my two regiments of infantry and a squadron of cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Beecher, in line to support them. I then ordered the troops to bivouac for the night. At daylight on the morning of the eighteenth, formed the line and continued the march without interruption until we arrived at Swift Creek road, at ten o'clock A. M. Learning that the road to Swift Creek was blockaded for a number of miles, I continued on the direc